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GPO to remove "Settings" from Windows 10 Start Menu RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, Can someone tell me what the GPO is to remove the  "Settings" button (Between Power and File explorer) on the Windows 10 Start Menu.  I have dug through Gpedit and can't find it.

    Friday, April 8, 2016 8:34 PM

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  • Hello,

    AFAIK, there is no GPO for it. You can do it manually:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-customize-start-list-in-windows-10

    Let us know if this helps, Good luck :)

    Windows Troubleshooting & How to guides - http://www.kapilarya.com

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:16 AM
  • No GPO. You may try the following:

    Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 7:58 AM
  • Hi,

    As Kapil and S.Sengupta said, there is not a GPO can hire or remove the Settings Button, but we can customize Start Menu to make this button disappear.

    Just unticking Settings in the choose which folders appear on start.

    For more customize methods please check this link below.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/197836/8-ways-to-customize-the-windows-10-start-menu/

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Best regards


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    Monday, April 11, 2016 7:15 AM
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  • Didn't work.  I made the changes, exported the startmenu and still shows up. on new/other accounts
    Monday, April 11, 2016 2:09 PM
  • Please go to Settings->Personalization->Start->Choose which folders appear on Start.

    Untick Settings to see the result.


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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:37 AM
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  • I did as recommended above.  When I had the startmenu laid out out the way I want it, I exported the StartLayout.xml and imported it back in.  The only difference for the other users was the tiles on the "Metro"screen
    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 11:34 AM
  • Hi, after long researching I found, that the settings are stored in the registry under the key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$de${6b112984-cc61-4650-a375-cc3b167d0b28}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties\Current" in the Valuename "Data".

    Here is the reg file for all folders disabled (shows only on/off and user):

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$de${fd50a84a-6bbd-4d26-b2b8-17d39e56a458}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties\Current]
    "Data"=hex:02,00,00,00,9e,82,2f,73,aa,b9,d4,01,00,00,00,00,43,42,01,00,c2,1e,\
      00,c5,28,c6,04,c2,3c,01,c2,46,01,c5,5a,01,00

    You can also set up your own settings via the Settings App and then export the registry key and import it via GPO.

    Hope this can help others.


    • Edited by MrManuel Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:33 PM Deledet SID...
    Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:29 PM
  • Thanks for your finding - the only problem is, that that keys has not always the same guid and changes.

    Don't know - but I think it changes per user? Also per machine (with the same domain user - when he has no roaming profile)?

    To bad, that MS has not made a easy way to customize this via GPO.

    • Edited by tcr82 Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:26 AM
    Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:22 AM